GEOGRAPHYMontreux Riviera extends over an area of 225 km2 and a population of about 89'872 inhabitants.
The main language spoken is French, however a majority of the population can speak English and German.
Average annual temperatures are around 14.6 ° C and 21.3 ° C in summer.
The highlight of Montreux Riviera are Les Rochers-de-Naye at 2'042 m.
Some information about Lake Geneva:
Average altitude: 372.0 m
Maximum depth: 309.7 m
Average Depth: 152.7 m
Volume: m3 89'000'000'000
Area: 582.4 km2
Length: 72.3 km
CURRENCYLegal tender is the Swiss Franc (CHF or SFr.). The Euro (EUR or €) is accepted by the major supermarket chains (Migros, Coop, Manor, etc) and by service providers (CFF, Post Office, certain restaurants, etc). However, your change will be given in CHF.
Service is included in all restaurants and shops. Tips are optional at the customer’s discretion.
You can change your money into all the major currencies (€, $, £, ¥, CAD, AUD, etc.) at banks (Monday to Friday), as well as in CFF stations (7 days a week). The major stations and bank branches provide automatic currency dispensers or changeomats that operate 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In addition, it is possible to withdraw € from most cash dispensers in banks (bancomat) or Post Offices (postomat).
The main sales tax is value added tax (VAT). It is 8% of the sale price and must be included in it by law.
POSTAll yellow letter boxes are part of the Swiss Post.
The post offices are open from Monday to Saturday.
For more information about mail: www.poste.ch
TELECOMMUNICATIONFree wifi on Montreux lakeshore and many places in Vevey.
Dialing codes in the Montreux Riviera region: 021 or 024. From abroad: +4121 or +4124
Useful telephone numbers:
- 117 Police emergency calls
- 118 Fire department emergency calls
- 144 Ambulance emergency calls
OPENING DAYS AND HOURSOffices (public services, banks, insurance companies, etc.) are open from Monday to Friday and shops from Monday to Saturday. It is not unusual for small shops and boutiques to close on Mondays.
|1 January New||New Year's Day|
|Friday before Easter||Good Friday|
|Monday after Easter||Easter Monday|
|Thursday 40 days after Easter||Ascension Day|
|Monday 10 days after Ascension Day||Whit Monday|
|1 August||National Holiday|
|3rd Monday in September||Federal Fast Day|
|25 December||Christmas Day|
|26 December||Boxing Day|
Major stores and specialist shops are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. or 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. or 6.45 p.m., and on Saturdays until 5 p.m. Shops are closed on Sundays, except for some baker's and grocer's.
Most banks are open Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. However, some main branches are open continually from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and branches located in shopping centres are also open on Saturdays and, as a rule, keep to the same hours as the centre.
In theory, restaurants are open until midnight, but in practice meals are served from 11.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6.30 p.m. or 7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. It is not unusual for restaurants to close one day a week.
Main station ticket offices are open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
MEDIA AND ELECTRICITYPlugs and sockets type J, three-pin - Ref. SEV 1011, 220 volts AC, 50 Hz
French-speaking Switzerland has about fifteen daily newspapers. The French media are available in most main kiosks.
French-speaking Switzerland has two television channels: “Télévision Suisse Romande 1” (TSR1) and “Télévision Suisse Romande 2” (TSR2). However, just about everywhere, one can also receive the other national channels (German and Italian language) and the three main French channels (TF1, France 2 and France 3). The Montreux Riviera region also has a local channel, “La Télé”, covering the Cantons of Vaud and Fribourg.
Radio Suisse Romande offers three stations: “La Première” (general public), “Espace 2” (cultural) and “Couleur 3” (trendy).
The news with the roads situation and the weather are broadcast every hour in full. More complete news programmes with features are broadcast at 7.00, 8.00, 9.00, 12.30 and 18.00.
CULTUREVaud is known for its wine through the Lavaux vineyard and for some culinary specialties. The Papet Vaudois, traditional dish of Vaud composed of leeks and potatoes (cooked until a thick purée). It is served with sausage from Vaud or sausage with cabbage, both regional specialties made of pork and cabbage.
Raisinée or cooked wine is a pie made with highly concentrated musts of apples, pears and grapes. Since the 1990s, several local companies organize festive wakes around the cooking raisinée.
Le Bouchon Vaudois is a cork-shaped confectionary created with the aim of becoming an emblematic specialty of the Canton of Vaud. The choice of this emblem is that the Canton of Vaud is one of the leading wine cantons in Switzerland.
The French-speaking population has its habits: pedestrians await calmly the green light to cross, punctuality and maintaining the cleanliness of the streets are respected.